This is a fairly recent flashback, as Jamie Lidell’s “Compass” came out just last year. But hey, we’re on blogger time here. A world where Gorilla vs. Bear makes snotty comments to Chris Weingarten for waiting 5 days to comment on new music. By that definition this stuff is ancient!
Anyway, I digress and now on to a nerdy confession. The place I found this song was none other than one of my favorite video games, Red Dead Redemption. After you kill the final bad guy and are rewarded with the right to see your family again, protagonist John Marston traverses the Great Plains on his galloping horse toward home as this song sweetly fills the air.
And what a song! “Compass” initially strays from Lidell’s typical soul/funk/experimental sound to something very folky and country. I’d even go so far as to call it an underground classic love song. After a gorgeous 4 minutes he goes right into a Tom Waits style get-down for the last minute for a grand finale. Maybe it’s the context of the game in which I discovered it but this one leaves me breathless every time.
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